I have this problem… with writing book reviews sometimes. As I write them out, I can’t express myself in the way I feel necessary to get my point across. Not that I can’t explain myself because I can. When I finish a book, I want to shout from the rooftops about how awesome it was (if it WAS awesome anyway).
My problem comes from the following: I don’t want to spoil any details for readers who have yet to read this book and plan on reading it.
There are so many things that you can include in a book review. So many things that you should include in a book review. Where is the line when it comes to spoilers?
By spoilers, I'm not referring to giving away the ending, or a huge secret that ties the book together. I'm talking about those minor details that are not spoken of in the synopsis, like a side story or a secondary character. And when you mention them, you might give away details that a reader may not want to hear and would rather discover on their own.
I almost feel like every review I should be writing will definitely be including spoilers. I just don’t feel like adding a disclaimer at the time like this: “Disclaimer: Spoilers! Read at the risk of ruining this book for yourself!” every time I post a review. My fellow bloggers will be scrolling down their list of blogs and come across my book review, see the disclaimer and say, “NOOOOO! I WON’T CLICK ON IT!” and then nobody will read my review.
Do you ever feel like this?
I think that’s part of the reason why it always took me so long to write a review for a book. I’d pick up the book to start writing down my thoughts on it. Scan through the book, look for certain scenes that aren’t too detailed, jot some notes down. Then I’ll read my notes and scribble out several things, add in new words, cross those off, write something in the margin with an asterisk next to the spot I want to add it into. And THEN, I get in my laptop and type it up. I read it over. I sigh. I’ll think, “If this were about my book, I would think this person took two minutes and threw this together,” even though it took me about fifteen.
Then again, I’ll read reviews and not care if I get details spoiled at times. It’s like when you’re told not to touch something because it’s hot but you touch it anyway. That’s how I’ve ruined some of my favorite TV shows. I’ll be browsing around looking stuff up online, then BAM!
Spoiler. (How could they do that?!)
Crap. (Stupid show, I hate you!)
Oh well. (Let’s go watch that episode now!)
Now I’m turning to you my fellow book review writers. How do you write your reviews? Do you include spoilers? Do you avoid spoilers? Do you just write brief reviews and include limited details about the storyline?
Thank you for any input, suggestions, and thoughts.